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What is the difference between strep / bacterial tonsillitis and viral tonsillitis?

What is the difference between strep / bacterial tonsillitis and viral tonsillitis?

Different agents: Viral tonsillitis is from a virus such as epstein-barr or adenovirus. Antibiotics don't help. Strep and other bacterial tonsillitis are caused by bacteria against which antibiotics work. Symptoms and throat appearance are very similar. ...Read more

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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsil tissue, which can be either an acute or chronic process. Most of the time, it is caused by infection. In the acute phase, most cases of tonsillitis are viral. Once the problem extends beyond 10 days, it typically ...Read more


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I have bacterial or viral tonsillitis, what to do?

I have bacterial or viral tonsillitis, what to do?

See an ENT doctor: The best advice I can give you is to see an ENT doctor for evaluation. You need a culture of the tonsil to determine if you have a bacterial infection and determine the correct antibiotic to use. ...Read more

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Hi, Ive had what i think is viral tonsillitis for about two weeks. I took an anti bacterial medicine orally for 10 days but to no avail. WIll it go?

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Ive had what i think is viral tonsillitis for about two weeks. I took an anti  bacterial medicine orally for 10 days but to no avail.  WIll it go?

Throat: probably should see ENT for exam and throat culture. Most she throat are not bacterial, therefore do not need antibiotics. Can lead to adverse reactions, allergy and candidiasis ...Read more

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Can kissing spread viral tonsillitis?

Yes: Any active viral illness may shed contagious particles in the saliva.Those causing tonsillitis are usually acquired through some chance contact with such material. ...Read more

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How long does viral tonsillitis last? Is there really no treatment?

How long does viral tonsillitis last?  Is there really no treatment?

Viral tonsillitis: This usually runs its course within 7-10 days. Exception: mono is a virus that can cause a severe case that can last for weeks ! with viral tonsillitis, there is no specific treatment. General treatment includes steroids to decrease swelling, pain medications (tablets or numbing gargles). Drink plenty fluids, rest plenty, take Ibuprofen for fever. ...Read more

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My tonsil is enlarged and painless w/ brownish red small patches. Been like this for over a month. History of viral tonsillitis, no current symptoms.

Culture: I would recommend a culture of the throat to rule out a viral infection or a specific bacterial infection. Infectious mono also needs to be ruled out. You need a specific diagnosis. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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How long does viral tonsillitis usually last?

See below: Most viral infections will last 10 to 14 days. You should see gradual improvement in your symptoms as time goes on. ...Read more

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How long does it generally take for symptoms of viral tonsillitis to ease? Going on day 5 of fever. Have seen a doctor, rest and fluids recommended.

Viral tonsillitis: It sometimes takes a week to 10 days for viral tonsillitis to disappear completely. Your doctors right-continue with fluids and rest. If your throat is still sore gargling with warm salt water can help or irrigating with warm water. If it continues more than another three or four days a blood test would be indicated. See your doctor for that. ...Read more

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Have coughing fits from itchy throat for five weeks. Will almost cause vomiting. Allergy meds seem not to help. Cough stems from viral tonsillitis.

Have coughing fits from itchy throat for five weeks. Will almost cause vomiting. Allergy meds seem not to help. Cough stems from viral tonsillitis.

Post-viral cough: It is not unusual to have a persistent cough following a viral upper respiratory infection. This can due to inflammation of the windpipe (tracheitis) or throat irritation from a post-nasal drip. Treatment may include otc cough suppressants like Robitussin dm. You may need a stronger prescription cough med or a nasal med like a steroid nasal spray for a drip. Your pmd can decide which is best. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis (viral) cause extreme fatigue also apparently sinusitis (not bacterial) I don't want to sleep during day and make myself more tired!

Can tonsillitis (viral) cause extreme fatigue also apparently sinusitis (not bacterial) I don't want to sleep during day and make myself more tired!

Sure, especially if : you have mononucleosis, which commonly presents in adolescents & young adults. See your doctor for clinical evaluation that includes checking for enlargement of your spleen & lymph nodes, a CBC, Mono spot test & Ebstein-Barr viral titers, if needed. If that's what you have, you'll know why you have to succumb to daytime fatigue for a few weeks. ...Read more

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Im getting over viral tonsillitis and have serious stabbing pain in my left temple that comes and goes quickly, ibuprofen does not help, what to do?

Im getting over viral tonsillitis and have serious stabbing pain in my left temple that comes and goes quickly, ibuprofen does not help, what to do?

Neuralgia: These sharp, fleeting pains are characteristic of neuralgia which is an irritability of a superficial scalp nerve and is more of a nuisance than anything serious or due to a brain problem. This condition tends to resolve within a few days without any treatment. If symptoms persist or worsen, see your physician or a neurologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I seem to have the clinical symptoms of bacterial sinusitis and quinsy. What's the difference between quinsy and tonsilitis?

Peritonsillar Absces: Tonsillitis usually an infection of the tonsils which can be treated with oral antibiotics. Quinsy (peri tonsils abscess) on the other hand is a more serious infection which requires immediate surgical treatment. Without drainage of the abscess the airway may become obstructed. So if you suspect you gave Quinsy head to the emergency room immediately! ...Read more

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I got a bad case of tonsillitis(bacterial) right after switching to a more powerful e-cig device. Wondering if this was the cause or just coincidence.

Aggravating factor: If you expose your tonsils to foreign agents, like an inhaled chemical or smoke, you can weaken its protective membranes and increase risk that a germ would be able to invade. Over time people get used to the exposure and continue their habit.Some foreign substances may be more irritating to some people than others. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be due to strep bacteria?

Can tonsillitis be due to strep bacteria?

Yes: Strep bacteria is a common cause of bacterial tonsillitis, however the vast majority of tonsillitis is caused by viral pathogens. ...Read more

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Is chronic bacterial tonsillitis a sign of a weakened imune system?

Is chronic bacterial tonsillitis a sign of a weakened imune system?

Tonsillitis: Hello. The tonsils may be harboring bacteria causing chronic infections. The most times occurs with normal immunity. ...Read more

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I have bacterial tonsillitis and its re occuring. Im an adult so what would the risks of a tonsillectomy be?

Tolerable: Recurrent bacterial tonsillitis is an indication for tonsillectomy. The operation is one of the safest surgeries but there is a significant recovery phase. ...Read more

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